Batman (1966–1968)
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Smack in the Middle 

The Riddler schemes to have his henchwoman, disguised as Robin, to have her kill Batman in the Batcave.



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Episode cast overview:
Inspector Basch (credit only)
Gideon Peale (credit only)
The Newscaster (credit only)


The Riddler fashions a mold of the face of the unconscious Robin. He contacts Batman with two more riddles. The Riddler tells Batman if he can solve the riddles, he'll know where Robin is. At the same time, Molly dons a Robin costume and a mask. Her task is to trick Batman into taking her to the Batcave. She succeeds but Batman had seen her disguise (but not for the reason most male viewers would guess). Trying to flee Batman, she panics and falls into the Batcave's atomic reactor. Batman rescues the real Robin but the Riddler escapes once more. Batman must solve additional riddles to find the villain's target -- the Moldavian pavilion at the world's fair where an ancient mammoth -- with jewels on the outside and priceless postage stamps inside -- is on display. Written by Bill Koenig

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13 January 1966 (USA)  »

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The Riddler's joke about Greta Garbo references her famous statement, "I want to be alone." See more »


Batman: That was the one hole in your plan.
Molly: Well there are gonna be some holes in you, Batman!
[pulls the trigger on her revolver twice but nothing happens]
Batman: Foolish girl. You were so bent on your murderous scheme you failed to notice, in the Batmobile, I burned off your revolver's firing pin with a hidden Bat-Lasar-Beam.
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Jill St. John going up in a puff of smoke
18 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Smack in the Middle" finds Robin held captive by Frank Gorshin's persistently giggling Riddler, making a perfect mold of his head so that accomplice Molly (Jill St. John) can disguise herself as Robin and join the Caped Crusader in the Batcave. Unfortunately, Batman instantly sees through the deception, leaving Molly little choice but to try to escape through the most dangerous area possible, the atomic pile that powers the Batmobile. Though he tries to rescue the 'poor, deluded girl,' she loses her grip and falls to a surprising death, literally 'going up in a puff of smoke,' or as Batman aptly puts it: "what a way to go-go!" The Dynamic Duo are reunited, but unable to catch the evasive Riddler, who leads them on a merry chase across town to the Gotham National Bank, while he and his Mole Hill Mob return to their first strike at the Moldavian Embassy, and its woolly mammoth head filled with priceless stamps worth a fortune. Our first actual Batfight features the superimposed words that became a series mainstay, every time a blow is landed. Another unusual ending for the pilot, in that The Riddler seemingly perishes in an explosion, but with the body never recovered, and his lawsuit against Batman dropped, all is well once again in Stately Wayne Manor. All future female criminals would be billed as 'Special Guest Villainess,' but just on this one occasion, Jill St. John helped sell the show as 'Special Guest.'

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